Back Pain Treatment in La Crosse WI
Almost everyone will experience neck or back pain at some point in their lifetime. Whether from an injury, a strenuous job with repetitive movements, a desk job with constant sitting, chronic stress, or you just woke up with it, it all stems from the same thing: your spine. When you have a subluxation/misalignment in the neck or back, it causes dysfunction of the nerves in that area and an imbalance in the muscles surrounding that joint. Chiropractic adjustments will correct the misalignment and restore function in the body, relieving your neck and back pain. Because of the spine's intimate relation with the Nervous System, misalignments can show up as many other symptoms besides pain. In fact, pain is usually one of the last symptoms to show up. You may want to see a chiropractor in La Crosse WI if you have headaches, vertigo, ear infections, sinus problems, carpal tunnel, acid reflux, trouble sleeping, constipation or diarrhea, irregular or painful menstrual cycles, or tingling in the arms or legs. This is a short list that exhibits how much the alignment of your spine affects you. If you are having neck or back pain, the chiropractors at Barge Berkley Chiropractic Clinics will help you get out of pain and also improve the function of your body.
Back Pain in La Crosse WI
The back is a broad term that covers a large area of the body. It is made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. Without a solid understanding of these different parts, it can be complicated to locate and address the source of the pain. The following explains some of the most common issues and their identifying features. It also explains how chiropractic care can help to resolve them. This is a general guideline to help you find effective relief, but it is highly recommended that you set up an appointment and get individualized care to correct the cause of your problem.
Subluxation is a term describing a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide variety of causes, including physical stress, trauma, emotional stress, and toxins. Subluxations disrupt the normal function of your spine and impact your Nervous System, causing an array of symptoms including pain. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustments. By adjusting the subluxation, the body can function properly and healing can take place. This will reduce your back pain, and when corrected properly over time this can help to prevent injury and pain in the future. Most of the issues described below can be traced back to an area of dysfunction or subluxation in the spine.
Disc Bulges and Herniations
Disc bulges and herniations are conditions in which the outer edges of the discs, located between the vertebrae, are damaged. This causes the jelly-like center to bulge or, more rarely, push out. This is a surprisingly common issue and it is often, but not always, very painful. Many people who have this condition feel nothing at all. The quality and intensity of it, for those who experience pain, depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting or stabbing pain along with weakness in the legs is often severe.
It is important that this issue is properly identified and promptly corrected to avoid further damage. Our chiropractors in La Crosse WI and Holmen WI will thoroughly assess your spine to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate care plan to prevent the worsening of the herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.
If a disc bulge or herniation is your problem, chiropractic care is the best option to conservatively correct the issue. Making sure that the vertebrae above and below the swollen disc are in alignment is essential for proper healing. Proper alignment of the spine allows the disc to move back into its proper position and decrease inflammation. Disc injury is often due to severe trauma, but it can happen easily when there is a misalignment in the spine prior to trauma or increased stress.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one's limits are common causes of strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and typically respond well to chiropractic care. Not only with the proper alignment of your spine help the discomfort associated with a sprain or strain, but it will also allow the proper communication between your brain and your body. This allows the body to heal efficiently and has long-term benefits.
Stress and Back Pain
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body, and can eventually lead to muscular fatigue and chronic back pain. The back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate in what are referred to as trigger points. These trigger points can be extremely painful and need professional attention to resolve. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain. When you have spinal misalignments/subluxations, your body can not adapt to stress properly and the above symptoms occur. Whether you have a physically or emotionally stressful job, stress at home or school, or you are surrounded by chemicals all day at work, these all have the ability to create dysfunction in the spine and Nervous System leading to pain and many other symptoms. Chiropractic will address the cause of your back pain and help you better adapt to those stressors.
Other Issues that Cause Back Pain
Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to cause symptoms of lower back pain. These are all serious issues that need to be identified and addressed immediately to avoid long-term health issues. Our chiropractors in La Crosse WI and Holmen WI are trained to identify these issues and support you in getting the appropriate care. Many of these issues can have their source in spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments.
If you have questions about how our team at Barge Berkley Chiropractic Clinics can help you, please schedule a consultation today.
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